Iraqi PM: ISIL 'will announce its full defeat' in no time
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the capture of Mosul from ISIL will be announced in a few days.
“It is supposed that one cherishes the place that shows one's starting point. They blew it up now and destroyed it and by that they announce their defeat,” he said.
Al-Abadi was referring to the landmark Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its leaning minaret which were blown up by ISIL fighters on Wednesday. It was from there that ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi gave his most prominent address and made his first appearance as caliph in 2014.
Fighting in western Mosul continues, and the situation inside the ISIL-captured territory has been described by the United Nations as desperate, with thousands of civilians struggling to survive.
Fifty Palestinians killed in Israeli-Palestinian violence in October, says Palestine FM
A total of 50 Palestinians, including at least 10 children, had been killed amid the recent flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian tensions since the start of October, Palestine's Minister of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday.
Nigerian troops rescue 16 families from Boko Haram in northeast state
The Nigerian Army has confirmed the killing of two Boko Haram insurgents and the rescue of 16 families in Madagali area of northeast Adamawa State.
U.S. strongly denounces terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians
The United States condemns "in the strongest terms possible" the terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians that have resulted in the murder of three Israelis, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday.
Russia, U.S. to hold military-to-military talks on Syria: Pentagon
Russia and the United States are expected to hold military-to-military talks on Syria, where both countries have been conducting airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) militants, as soon as this weekend, the Pentagon said Friday.
Syrian, Russian air strikes against terror groups could drag on: minister
Syria's Minister of Information Omran al-Zoubi said Tuesday that the recently waged military offensive by the Syrian and Russian army against the jihadi groups has no specific timeframe or place, an indication that the war on the terror group could drag on indefinitely.